Category Christian Living

Revival

Revival
by Adam Hamiltion
Abingdon
Retail Price $14.99
Amazon Price: $11.43

Book Description:

Wesley’s message and his faith continue to speak to 21st-century Christians—calling for a revival of our hearts and souls so that our world might be changed. Join Adam Hamilton for a six-week journey as he travels to England, following the life of John Wesley and exploring his defining characteristics of a Wesleyan Christian. Wesley’s story is our story. It defines our faith and it challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion.

Review

This is an excellent introduction to the life of John Wesley as the author takes you on a grand tour of his life and times as well as giving you a glimpse of his theology and work that rocked the world.  While it is not an in depth biography it definitely does a thorough job giving you an overview of the man and what he stood for and giving you plenty of life applications for our own times.  I especially enjoyed the devotional thoughts shared from Wesley’s own pen.  I found this to be an interesting and thought provoking book.  While I am a Wesleyan, I feel that this book would be a good read, not only for Methodists, but Christians of all denominations.

~Reviewed by Frank B.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul Hope and Miracles

    Chicken Soup for the Soul Hope and Miracles
    By Amy New Mark
    Chicken Soup for the soul
    Retail Price $14.95
    Amazon Price: $11.23

    Book Description: 

    These 101 miraculous stories of hope, faith, divine intervention and answered prayers will amaze you! As John Edward says in his foreword to the book: The personal stories you’ll read here about hope, faith, answered prayers and divine intervention are to me all about one thing – our connection to a higher power or divine source.

    Good things do happen to good people! You will be encouraged and uplifted as you read these stories about powerful hope, miraculous healing, divine intervention, messages from heaven, answered prayers and beating the odds.

    Review

    What a spiritually uplifting book!  Between it’s covers you will find real stories of faith from ordinary, everyday people like yourself. Some of the stories focus on the miraculous, while other stories share lessons learned about faith and hope during a difficult season in their lives.   It was so encouraging to read how other people boldly lived their lives!   Very encouraging indeed!

    ~Reviewed by David H.

      You for can Without Debt

      You for can Without Debt
      By Julie L. Gumm
      Abingdon Press
      Retail Price $26.00
      Amazon Price: $12.83

      Book Description: 

      Many families want to adopt, but do not have the large amount of money it takes to complete a private domestic or international adoption. Some quickly give up the idea of adopting and are left feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and discouraged. Those who choose to proceed often take out large loans or borrow from family and friends which adds to the financial pressure on the family. Author Julie Gumm shares proven strategies from her own experience as well as from others that include applying for grants, creative budgeting, and fundraising that prospective adoptive parents can use to prepare for and avoid those high costs associated with adoption.

      Review

      This is a wonderful books for childless couples and others who are looking to adopt, but can’t afford the large fees of the traditional process of adoption.   It was very informative and full of pertinent, updated information to help you understanding all aspects of the adoption process. Fairly fast reading and it was easy to understand. This book helps the reader decide whether domestic, private, agency, or international adoption is the best choice for each particular situation. A MUST for everyone who is exploring the prospects of adoption. Very thorough coverage.  We are looking into adoption and this answered a lot of our questions.

      ~Reviewed by Debbie R.

        Simply Open

        Simply Open
        By Greg Paul
        Thomas Nelson
        Retail Price $16.99
        Amazon Price: $12.83

        Book Description:

        The simplest, most transformative prayer you may ever pray—the five senses prayer.This book invites you to a simple practice of prayer and awareness that can turn each ordinary workday into a deepening spiritual journey.No matter where you are or how busy you get, your five senses are always “on,” your mind and heart responsive to what you perceive. These channels of awareness can take you deeper into God’s great mystery if you practice the discipline of submitting them to the One who is closer than you imagine.The beauty of such a contemplative path is that you can follow it anywhere—alone or in company, in quiet meditation or amid the bustle of your craziest day.

        Moment by moment, you invite God to open you up—eyes, ears, nostrils, hands and mouth, heart and mind. And moment by moment, as you open yourself, you’ll find yourself closer to God’s grace-filled and wide-open heart.Simply Open.

        Review

        Year ago I read the book “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence.  While I liked it, I felt that since he was a Monk that lived in a more simpler time, this book doesn’t address the difficulty we face in a modern, busy world.  This book by Greg Paul brings us the same principals, but relates it to experiencing God in our busy, everyday world.  This was pivotal book in my spiritual growth. It showed me there was no division between our everyday life and what is sacred. And when are willing to let God open up our eyes and ears, we will perceive the world around us very differently.  If you want to be open to God’s very best for you life, this book is a great place to start.

        ~Reviewed by Dave H.

          Counter Culture

          Product DetailsCounter Culture
          By David Platt
          Tyndale Publishing
          Retail Price:  $19.99
          Amazon Price: $14.99

          Book Description:  Welcome to the front lines. Everywhere we turn, battle lines are being drawn—traditional marriage vs. gay marriage, pro-life vs. pro-choice, personal freedom vs. governmental protection. Seemingly overnight, culture has shifted to the point where right and wrong are no longer measured by universal truth but by popular opinion. And as difficult conversations about homosexuality, abortion, and religious liberty continue to inject themselves into our workplaces, our churches, our schools, and our homes, Christians everywhere are asking the same question: How are we supposed to respond to all this? In Counter Culture, New York Times bestselling author David Platt shows Christians how to actively take a stand on such issues as poverty, sex trafficking, marriage, abortion, racism, and religious liberty—and challenges us to become passionate, unwavering voices for Christ. Drawing on compelling personal accounts from around the world, Platt presents an unapologetic yet winsome call for Christians to faithfully follow Christ into the cultural battlefield in ways that will prove both costly and rewarding. The lines have been drawn. The moment has come for Christians to rise up and deliver a gospel message that’s more radical than even the most controversial issues of our day.

          Review

          I’ve become apathetic and have almost lost hope about many aspects of our culture to the point of not considering the term “war” worthwhile. In other words, I’ve given up and often shake my head in sadness as I look around. However, after reading this book, I have a renewed energy and excitement about how I can participate in this cultural war we face.  This book was filled with so many gems. What we need are honesty, fully formed, mature consciences and to behave as Jesus would. This book will wake you up from the lazy slumber of  procrastination. If you take all that is offered in the book to heart, you will make leaps and bounds on your spiritual journey.

          ~Reviewed by Dave H.

            The Blessing of the Lord

            Product DetailsThe Blessing of the Lord
            By Kenneth Copeland
            Harrison House
            Retail Price:  $19.99
            Amazon Price: $15.20

            Book Description:  THE BLESSING of The LORD is God s original plan for you. Contrary to popular belief, He doesn’t want you sick, broke and lonely. He wants to make you rich in every area of life your health, finances, relationships and more. In this hard-cover book, you will learn:

            God s original intent for His people to live in THE BLESSING
            God s plan to restore THE BLESSING after man sinned
            How God has empowered you to succeed
            How Jesus connects us to THE BLESSING
            Why THE BLESSING is not just a spiritual reality, but a material reality, too
            How to be living proof of THE BLESSING to others
            How love governs the operation of THE BLESSING.

            No matter where you are in the progress of your life as a Christian, learn more about God and His relationship with you as you dig deeper into the vital message of THE BLESSING. Allow this revelation that changed Kenneth Copeland s life forever to convert your thinking, fuel your faith and accomplish God s will for your life, too.

            Set yourself on the path to guaranteed success today. Your BLESSED life of peace and joy awaits you!

            Review

            In this book pastor Kenneth Copeland brings hope to a distraught generation.  His teachings are back up by scripture as he shares his studies on prosperity and God’s blessing given to believers.  If you are floundering in your Christian walk, pick up a copy of this and be revived as you learn how to apply God’s covenant blessings to your life. 
            Since reading this book and applying its principals, financial problems are a thing of the past, peace pervades my life, and I have favor everywhere I go.  I wish the book had been written much earlier in my Christian walk.

            ~Reviewed by Dave O.

              You are More Than You Know

              You are More Than You Know
              By Patsy Clairmont

              Worthy Publishing
              Retail Price $15.99
              Amazon Price: $11.60

              Book Description: 

              FACE YOUR FEARS, GROW STRONGER.  Moving from a fear-based life to faith-based freedom is a journey that takes time and courage. While remaining scared and small can feel comfortable, taking hold of strength and determination opens our eyes to a measure of the Lord’s goodness we’ve never seen.In You Are More Thank You Know, Patsy’s trademark humor spills out as she answers the question she is most often asked — how she overcame her own deliberating fears — and along the way helps readers face their own anxieties, dismay, worries, and despair. Through honest and intimate glimpses in to a heart changed by the power of hope, this book is a guide for the journey to find more of you…and much more of what God has for you.

              Review

              This is a very inspiring book.  It teaches the different ways that fear can manifest in ones life and why one does not have to be subject to fear.  Fear is destructive and we don’t need to let it rule our lives.  While Patsy Clairmont is a hoot, she also uses that humor to bring home points relative to our Christian walk.  She shares her own experiences that make her very real to the reader, making her advice easy to follow.   This is the best book I have ever read concerning fear and  I highly recommend it for those who are plagued or paralyzed by it.

              ~Reviewed by Allie B.

                Living The Quaker way

                Living The Quaker way
                By Phillip Gulley
                Convergent Books
                Retail Price $14.99
                Amazon Price: $11.24

                Book Description: 

                Philip Gulley invites us into a bracing encounter with the rich truths of Quakerism—a centuries-old spiritual tradition that provides not only a foundation of faith but also vision for making the world more just, loving, and peaceable by our presence.

                In Living the Quaker Way, Gulley shows how Quaker values provide real solutions to many of our most pressing contemporary challenges. We not only come to a deeper appreciation of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality, we see how embracing these virtues will radically transform us and our world.

                Living the Quaker Way includes a 30-day spiritual practice that applies the Quaker tradition of Queries.

                Review

                I love to read Philip Gulley.  I found his fiction to be very readable and interesting so I thought I would give this book a try.  I am glad I did.  His writing style translated to this non-fiction book and I found the it to be easy to read. I learned so much about the Quaker way of life as well as general wisdom that I could apply to my own life.  I highly recommend it!

                ~Reviewed by Allie B.

                  Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Audio Library

                  Product DetailsDave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Audio Library
                  (Financial Peace University) [Audio CD] [Jan 01, 2012]
                  By Dave Ramsey
                  Financial Peace University
                  Retail Price: $140

                   

                  Description:  2012 Membership Kit to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Learn the same financial tips relied upon by millions of others to handle your money and invest for the future. Tools include: Member Workbook, Progress Poster, Audio CDs and more!  Within the first 90 days of Dave’s most popular class, the average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700. These nine lessons will teach you to get out of debt the same way you learned to walk-one step at a time. Within the first 90 days of Dave’s most popular class, the average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700. These nine lessons will teach you to get out of debt the same way you learned to walk-one step at a time.

                   

                  Review

                  My church held a Financial Peace class and I attended it and I found it to be Amazing!  This kit lets you get all Dave Ramsey’s teaching from the comfort of your own home.  This class helped me to reel in my spending and become debt free within a years time!  If you follow these principals you will find yourself out of debt and living a more simple life in no time.  I highly recommend this for your own financial peace.

                  ~Reviewed by John C.

                    Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

                    Product DetailsRaising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
                    By Kristen Welch
                    Tyndale House
                    Retail Price:  $15.99
                    Amazon Price: $14.39

                    Book Description:  “But everyone else has it.” “If you loved me, you’d get it for me!” When you hear these comments from your kids, it can be tough not to cave. You love your children―don’t you want them to be happy and to fit in?

                    Kristen Welch knows firsthand it’s not that easy. In fact, she’s found out that when you say yes too often, it’s not only hard on your peace of mind and your wallet―it actually puts your kids at long-term risk. In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen shares the ups and downs in her own family’s journey of discovering why it’s healthiest not to give their kids everything. Teaching them the difference between “want” and “need” is the first step in the right direction. With many practical tips and anecdotes, she shares how to say the ultimate yes as a family by bringing up faith-filled kids who will love God, serve others, and grow into hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults.

                    It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation and create a Jesus-centered home in which your kids don’t just say―but mean!―“thank you” for everything they have.

                    Review

                    Over the past decade, science has shown that gratitude is one of the most valuable and important emotions we possess, and it is a virtue that anyone can cultivate. In fact, researchers have developed many different methods people can use to foster an attitude of gratitude, and the science shows that many of them really work.  This is the book that parents have been waiting for!  It is chock-full of engaging examples and stories and clear, easy-to-follow recommendations for how to instill gratitude in your children…starting today!  Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World is a thoughtful, engaging, informative book that will change your family.

                    ~Reviewed by Beth L.